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A Paranormal Example; Haunting of Hadrian's Wall: A Ghostly Sentinel.


Duty never ends with death
On duty - the Roman Soldier

In the vast digital landscape of social media, it's not uncommon to stumble upon stories that catch our eye and pique our curiosity. Recently, I discovered a fascinating post that I believe will intrigue many of you. This post delves into the haunting allure of one of Britain's most ancient and mysterious sites—Milecastle 42, part of the iconic Hadrian's Wall.


Renowned not just for its historical significance but also for its paranormal encounters, this site has captured the imaginations of visitors and ghost enthusiasts alike. The story of Milecastle 42 is steeped in legend and spectral sightings, featuring the ghostly figure of a Roman sentry who seems bound to his old watch post by the tragedy of betrayal and lost love. As someone who has always been captivated by the blend of history and mystery, I found this account particularly compelling. It's a reminder of how the past continues to echo, sometimes quite literally, into the present.


I invite you to join me as we explore the eerie history of Milecastle 42, uncovering the tales of spectral soldiers and ancient secrets that linger in the shadows of Hadrian's Wall. Let's delve into a narrative that bridges the gap between history and myth, right here on my blog.



Hauntings of Hadrian's Wall
Ghostly Soldier still on Duty

The Haunting of Hadrian's Wall


Hadrian's Wall, constructed in AD 122, stretches from Segedunum at Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria, traversing the breadth of England. Along this historic barrier, every mile housed a milecastle—a small fortification where soldiers stationed to protect the Roman Empire lived. Over the years, numerous reports of paranormal occurrences have emerged from these sites. Milecastle 42, also known as Cawfields Milecastle, is particularly notorious for its ghostly sightings. Visitors to the ruins often report encountering a spectral figure—a man dressed in Roman armour—appearing during the daylight, hovering about 16 feet off the ground, which aligns with the original height of the wall.


This frequent apparition is believed to be Lucius, a former sentry of Milecastle 42. According to local lore, Lucius fell in love with a local Briton girl who used their relationship to gather intelligence for her brother, a smuggler operating across Hadrian's Wall. When her brother was eventually caught and exposed Lucius as his informant, Lucius, betrayed and despondent, took his own life. His spirit is said to linger, eternally haunting the site of his despair.


Those interested in the haunted history of Milecastle 42 and other military ghosts of Britain can explore further in titles such as "They Still Serve: A Complete Guide to the Military Ghosts of Britain" by Richard McKenzie, "Ghost Trails of Northumbria" by Clive Kristen, and "Haunted Northumberland" by Darren W. Ritson.


The fort itself, built by the Second Augustan Legion, is located on a steep, south-facing slope just south of Cawfield Crags, within a well-preserved section of Hadrian's Wall.



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Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. S Johansson, from facebook 9.5.24.

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